Samurai Beach campground

Tomaree National Park

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Overview

Set up camp behind the dunes at beautiful Samurai Beach campground, near Port Stephens. This 4WD-accessible campground and nearby Samurai Beach are both clothing-optional.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 20
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, fuel stove, ice, portable toilet, toilet paper, torch, food supplies, first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen
Price There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Samurai Beach campground and nearby Samurai Beach are clothing optional. 
  • Clothing is required in other areas, including the dunes and surrounding bushland behind Samurai Beach and on One Mile Beach.
  • The beachfront of Samurai Beach is for day use only.
  • Only camp within the designated camping areas. Do not camp on the beach.
  • Maximum stays of 7 days apply.
  • Access to the campground is via Gan Gan Road and Samurai Beach access trail only; you must have a 4WD vehicle to use the access trail. 
  • Do not drive on the sand dunes, they are fragile habitat.

Leave your cares behind when you camp at this peaceful oceanside spot with ever-changing views of the ocean, dunes and headlands. If you’ve left your cozzie at home, don’t worry because just minutes away is Samurai Beach, a designated nude bathing spot.  

Once you’ve set up your tent or caravan behind the beautiful natural sand dunes, there’s plenty to do. South-east facing Samurai Beach is also a great spot for surfing and popular One Mile Beach, a leisurely 1hr stroll over the sand, is a popular swimming spot.

Getting there is part of the adventure, because you’ll need a 4WD vehicle if you want to drive into Samurai Beach campground. Be sure to enter via Gan Gan Road, and camp only in designated campsites.

Spend your days surfing, fishing or exploring scenic headlands, including the beautiful coastline near Big Rocky Island, about 1.5km away. If you’d like to venture further afield, visit Wreck Beach or try the popular Tomaree Head Summit or Fort Tomaree walks

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • View across dunes to people and a vehicle on Samurai Beach and a distant headland. Photo: Jim Cutler © DPIE

    Samurai Beach

    Samurai Beach is a designated nude-bathing beach near Port Stephens in Tomaree National Park. It’s a beautiful spot for surfing, swimming and 4WDing.

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All the practical information you need to know about Samurai Beach campground.

Getting there and parking

Samurai Beach campground is in Tomaree National Park. To get there from Port Stephens or Nelson Bay:

  • Drive south-west along Nelson Bay Road (B63).
  • Turn left onto Frost Road.
  • Continue for 1.8km, then turn right onto Gan Gan Road.
  • Continue for 150m, then turn left onto the 4WD-only Samurai Beach access trail.
  • Drive a further 1.2km to reach Samurai Beach.
  • Drive carefully along the beach front, heading north east.
  • Use the access track between the dunes to reach the campground.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can park at Samurai Beach campground.

If you want to hike to the campground, parking is also available at Big Rocky trail carpark. Use the informal walking tracks to make the 1.5km (20-minute) trek from the carpark across rocky headlands to Samurai Beach campground.

Facilities

There are no toilets, showers, barbecues or bins at Samurai Beach campground. The nearest toilets and outdoor showers are at One Mile Beach main carpark.

Take all rubbish and waste (including toilet waste) with you.

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Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Please don’t play amplified music after 10pm.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Gathering firewood

Generators

Horses

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Samurai Beach campground is in Tomaree National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal heritage

Big Rocky walk, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Tomaree National Park is the traditional land of Worimi People and provided a range of resources, including food, medicines and shelter. The ancient landscape of the park is part of the cultural knowledge and 'Dreaming' stories of the Worimi People and remains an important Aboriginal place today. A walk along the beaches of Tomaree National Park are a walk along ancient travel routes used by Worimi to travel north and south through their Country.

  • Rockpool ramble at Tomaree Discover the amazing world of rockpools along the shores of Fishermans Bay in Tomaree National Park, close to Anna Bay and Nelson Bay.

Birdlife and koala country

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Turbil

The park's beaches and rocks support sooty oystercatchers and the swamps support active populations of wallum froglet populations of migratory shore birds including the eastern curlew and red-necked stint. See if you can spot the passing bar-tailed godwit - this long-beaked bird holds the record for the longest non-stop flight; 11,000km without a break. Visit in winter to see colourful lorikeets and honeyeaters feeding on wildflowers in the coastal heathland and in summer you'll see migratory tropical species including cuckoos and rainforest pigeons. Look close at the surrounding shoreline and you may find green turtles and dugongs. Tomaree National Park also offers the opportunity to see one of Australia's iconic animals up close. See koalas feasting on swamp mahogany in and around the park, or in the trees around One Mile Beach carpark.

  • Big Rocky to Samurai wetlands adventure walk Journey through changing landscapes on this 3hr walk with Tomaree Coastal Adventures near Port Stephens. Your guides will lead you through sand dunes, forest and shoreline in Tomaree National Park.
  • Fingal Island eco-walk and lighthouse tour Discover the captivating history of Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island on this tour with Aquamarine Adventures. Take in the incredible views and immerse yourself in this magical landscape in Tomaree National Park, near Nelson Bay.
  • Rockpool ramble at Tomaree Discover the amazing world of rockpools along the shores of Fishermans Bay in Tomaree National Park, close to Anna Bay and Nelson Bay.
  • Tomaree 4WD tag-along and passenger tours Explore the fabulous sand dunes of Tomaree National Park safely with experienced guides from 4WD Tag-Along and Passenger Tours, near Nelson Bay and Port Stephens.
  • Wreck Beach walk The short walk to Wreck Beach offers a private alternative to the beaches of Port Stephens, with opportunities for picnicking and whale watching.

Ancient landscape

The northern section of Tomaree National Park has 4 peaks, the largest being Tomaree Head at 162m high. Overall, the landscape is the residual surface of a peneplain uplifted during the tertiary period (65 to 1.8 million years ago) and subsequently eroded, leaving the more resistant volcanic rocks as small hills. Port Stephens is a flooded river valley. The western sections of the park are sand deposits of fluvial and estuarine origin.

  • Big Rocky to Samurai wetlands adventure walk Journey through changing landscapes on this 3hr walk with Tomaree Coastal Adventures near Port Stephens. Your guides will lead you through sand dunes, forest and shoreline in Tomaree National Park.
  • Rockpool ramble at Tomaree Discover the amazing world of rockpools along the shores of Fishermans Bay in Tomaree National Park, close to Anna Bay and Nelson Bay.
  • Tomaree 4WD tag-along and passenger tours Explore the fabulous sand dunes of Tomaree National Park safely with experienced guides from 4WD Tag-Along and Passenger Tours, near Nelson Bay and Port Stephens.
  • Tomaree Head Summit walk Tomaree Head Summit walk offers a short but challenging hike and picturesque ocean views across Port Stephens and beyond. Enjoy a well-earned lunch at the summit on the bench by the lookout.
  • Wreck Beach walk The short walk to Wreck Beach offers a private alternative to the beaches of Port Stephens, with opportunities for picnicking and whale watching.

Military history

Tomaree Head gun enplacements, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Follow in the footsteps of Australian soldiers on the trail to Tomaree Head. The historic Fort Tomaree played an important role in the defence of Port Stephens during World War II, including Tomaree Head that was solidly armed with gun emplacements. You can take a guided Discovery tour of the gun emplacements to find out more about this historic site.

  • Fingal Island eco-walk and lighthouse tour Discover the captivating history of Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island on this tour with Aquamarine Adventures. Take in the incredible views and immerse yourself in this magical landscape in Tomaree National Park, near Nelson Bay.
  • Fingal Island historical lighthouse tour Take a step back in time with this tour of Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island in Tomaree National Park. Hear fascinating stories of the island's history from a passionate local guide on this engaging outing with Moonshadow-TQC Cruises, near Nelson Bay.
  • Fort Tomaree walk Fort Tomaree walk is an easy walk that runs just below Tomaree Head Summit walk and takes you to the World War II gun emplacements, used in the defence of east coast Australia during World War II.
  • Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island Take a boat or kayak to Fingal Island and explore Point Stephens Lighthouse and historic ruins.
  • World War II gun emplacements Discover the military history of Port Stephens on a guided tour of the historic gun emplacements at Tomaree Head in Tomaree National Park on the north coast of NSW.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

Plants

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

  • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

    An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

Environments in this park

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